In the early hours of Tuesday 20th January 2015 we said goodnight to Popcicle aka dad. It is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do but feel strangely at peace knowing he is no longer in pain and thankful to God for blessing my siblings and I with a man like … Continue reading Gentleman- In memory of dad
As an Afropolitan I cannot ignore recent events happening on the continent; some of which have been afforded the privilege of mainstream media attention and high profile political engagement, others not so. Admittedly there are moments when I have become increasingly desensitised to yet another story pertaining to disease, conflict, death and famine in Africa. This … Continue reading ‘What’s going on?’ 5 situations on the continent which break my heart
During school term times, Sunday nights were synonymous with the torturous experience of getting my hair done for the week; this along with the ritual of shining my shoes and getting the school uniform ready. I have ‘fond’ memories of sitting down- hair washed and greased- with my mum’s strong hands preparing to make something … Continue reading ‘Mum, why would you do that?’ 10 old school Afropolitan hairstyles
Food and cooking play a big part in West African cultures. From hospitality in the home to catering for big functions we take our cuisine seriously- perfectly demonstrated by the outrage against Jamie Oliver’s shocking rendition of Jollof rice (in the words of MC Hammer ‘you can’t touch this’). So in honour of Jollofgate, here … Continue reading 15 items you might find in an Afropolitan kitchen!
I work in one of the trendiest areas in London bursting full of cultural and creative delights- but rarely do I take advantage of this and explore what’s on offer. However, a few weeks ago I decided to visit Black Chronicles II, a new exhibition exploring the presence of Black and Asian people in early … Continue reading Black Chronicles II: Review of new Black history exhibition
Nigeria is no stranger to negative publicity; from the corruption in Government, a reputation for fraud (419), the on-going oil crisis in the Delta Region, Boko Haram’s merciless slaying of Christians to the unresolved abduction of the 200+ Muslim girls, the list is endless. However I want to celebrate some of the fantastic things about the nation affectionately dubbed the ‘Sleeping … Continue reading 5 things I love about Nigerians (in honour of Nigerian ‘Independence’)